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New designs added to the gallery!

We are happy to announce the addition of TEN new designs to the LPW design gallery Last season was an extremely busy one in the LilyPad Weddings studios. In fact, we are just now finding the time to photograph and upload our newest designs. Please visit our design gallery for a full viewing, but for now here is a little sneak peak! Watch our 'Real Weddings' Gallery in the coming weeks as we plan to expand that as well.

ChurchA

ChurchA

ChesapeakeA

ChesapeakeA

Busy in the studio!

We just wanted to check in and apologize for our recent silence on the blog - with wedding season in full swing, we have been working hard on invitations and day-of wedding stationery, and have not had as much time as we would have liked to blog. Fear not! We'll be back when things calm down a bit with lots to share, including several of our new designs.

Thanks for your patience, and we hope you are enjoying your summer and staying cool!

- Jen and Kristin

LPW Featured on West Belmont Place's "Bits of Bliss" Blog!

Today we are excited to share with you a recent interview on stationery and invitation trends for 2011 we did with West Belmont Place for their Bits of Bliss blog. West Belmont Place is part of the National Conference Center out in Leesburg, Virginia and offers a range of venues and settings for weddings. They have especially great options for accommodating large groups and are located in the beautiful rolling countryside of Loudoun County. Thanks so much for the fun opportunity to chat, Sarah! You can find our interview here.

LPW Featured on Michelle Lindsay Photography's Blog!

We received the most amazing gift when we woke up this morning to find that LilyPad Weddings was featured on the blog of one of our all-time favorite photographers, Michelle Lindsay Photography. So if you're looking for something fun to do as you await the wedding of the century (Wills and Kate, of course!), please stop on over and check it out. Thank you, Michelle!!

From Project Runway Finalist to Artisan Cookie Chef: Meet Wendy Pepper

When we were first introduced to Skylar Hill Confections by our friends at Betsey in Middleburg, it was love at first sight! Delicate works of edible art, these tuile cookies are as tasty as they are beautiful. We love the endless array of colors and patterns, and think they make perfect wedding favors - especially since they can be customized to match any color palette and they do double duty by enhancing the reception decor. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the owner of Skylar Hill Confections, Wendy Pepper, to discuss her experience as a finalist on Project Runway, her career transition to master cookie chef, and her inspirations. Check out what she had to say below, and then enter our drawing for a chance to win your own box of cookie goodness by liking the Skylar Hill page on Facebook and posting a comment noting that you are entering the LilyPad Weddings drawing. One lucky winner will be selected on April 28th. You can also get a taste of these masterpieces by stopping by Market Salamander in Middleburg this Saturday, April 16th, from 12 - 2 pm. Oh, and one piece of advice, do not leave your box unattended as a certain family member or friend might just decide to finish them all while you are out running an errand (you know who you are)!

Skylar Hill Confections

Skylar Hill Confections

Skylar Hill Confections

Skylar Hill Confections

Before you became a master cookie chef, you were a finalist on Season 1 of Project Runway! What was your favorite challenge and why?

Winning the Banana Republic dress competition really gave me a boost of confidence.  Up until then I hadn't found my stride and I needed that vote of confidence to propel me through the tough weeks ahead.  AND I absolutely LOVED the dress I designed!

What aspect of the contestant experience did you find most surprising?

I was amazed at the stamina reserves I found I had when the stakes got very high towards the end.  I was in the company of some very talented people and even though they obviously drove me crazy at times (the camera caught that for all to see!), I was still flattered to be in the running by the end.

How/why did you decide to start Skylar Hill Confections?

I love to explore the role of color in our daily lives and I love to bake - Voila! - Skylar Hill Confections is my own personal culinary sculpture garden I can invite all my friends to share with me any time.

From where do you draw your inspirations for your flavors?

I tried to think of all the moods I get into when I'm craving a little delicacy throughout the day and at different times of the year. For now, I'm getting a lot of "assorted citrus" orders because the colors and the tastes are so evocative of the arrival of spring. Towards the fall I will expect more interest in the liquors.

What inspires your color palette and different decorative styles?

I love vibrant color - in my fashion design and on my dessert plate! The motifs I use in the production of my tuiles stem from my long interest in graphic design influences from china patterns to tapestry design.

What is the best part of being an artisan tuile chef?

Everyone loves cookies - therefore everyone loves me now!

The toughest part?

Mid-Atlantic humidity + meringue cookie recipe = accelerated hair loss!

What is your favorite flavor?

Key Lime alone, or with anything. It's tart and fresh and green is my favorite color.

Describe your ideal wedding.

My ideal wedding consists of happy people gathered together to celebrate the joy and wonder of true love. 2 People to 1000, the sentiments are the key and it has been my honor to participate both as a dress designer and now chef in helping to express the unique style and spirit of the bride and groom.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?

We are proud to offer sugar-free and gluten-free versions of our cookies.

Skylar Hill Confections

Skylar Hill Confections

Skylar Hill Confections

Skylar Hill Confections

All photos courtesy of Skylar Hill Confections

Thanks, Wendy! Don't forget to enter our drawing for a chance to win your own box of cookie goodness by liking the Skylar Hill page on Facebook and posting a comment noting that you are entering the LilyPad Weddings drawing. One lucky winner will be selected on April 28th.

Bright Pops of Caribbean Color for a Rainy Day

While I am happy to have an excuse to wear my super cute new plaid rain boots from Betsey, I am generally not otherwise excited about this morning's dismal grey weather. Our first daffodil has finally burst into bloom, and that is currently the only spot of real color around here. So, to help remedy the situation, we thought it would be fun to bring you one more dose of Caribbean color, courtesy of the talented Rebecca Enslein of The Studio B Photography in Atlanta, Georgia. Rebecca traveled to Eleuthera, Bahamas to shoot Chris and Vanessa's gorgeous destination wedding last spring, and we are loving the coral and turquoise color palette.

To see more of this beautiful beach wedding, including a Friday night fish fry with the locals, check out The Studio B's blog post. Thanks so much for sharing, Rebecca!

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Vanessa + Chris

Dreaming of Warmer Days

This morning's snow and ice have left us longing for warm and sunny days, so we decided it would be fun to bring you a small dose of the tropics courtesy of the talented Rebecca Enslein of The Studio B Photography in Atlanta, Georgia. Rebecca traveled to Nassau, Bahamas to shoot Shannon and Jesse's beautiful beach wedding last spring, and today we're thrilled to share a few of her favorite images with you. How gorgeous is that turquoise water??

To see more of this festive affair, check out The Studio B's blog post. Thanks so much for stopping by, Rebecca!

Shannon + Jesse

Shannon + Jesse

Shannon + Jesse

Shannon + Jesse

Shannon + Jesse

Shannon + Jesse

Shannon + Jesse

Shannon + Jesse

Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan

Shannon + Jesse

Shannon + Jesse

Congratulations, Kari and Derek!

This Saturday, we had our first wedding in charming Alexandria, Virginia. Kari and Derek were married at Aldersgate Methodist Church with a super modern and elegant reception to follow at Hotel Monaco (love those Kimpton hotels!). Kari and Derek chose our Round Rock as the inspiration for their invitation suite and day-of wedding stationery, and we carried elements of the design throughout their invitations, programs, table numbers, menu cards, and seating chart. We customized the colors to reflect their color palette of red and grey, and designed a new monogram. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Sorensen! We loved working with you!

Kari + Derek

Kari + Derek

Introducing... The Rockville

Now that the 2011 wedding invitation season is well underway, it has been fun witnessing the evolution of this year's trends. At the top of our list? Grey as the new neutral. We've previously paired it with red, pale blue, and cream, but this bright and sunny yellow is our new favorite. So, without further ado, we present our newest design, the Rockville. Preppy pinstripes, fun florals, and lots of thoughtful and unexpected details- what's not to love? To learn more about the Rockville, click here.

The Rockville

The Rockville

The Rockville

The Rockville

The Rockville

The Rockville

A Breath of Fresh Air, Michelle Lindsay Style

Yesterday's sunny weather and warm temps gave us our first brief taste of spring, and today we make that feeling last just a bit longer with the breath of fresh air that is Michelle Lindsay Photography. Here at LilyPad, we have been huge fans of Michelle's artistic and editorial style for a long time, so you can imagine our delight when we decided to give our website a facelift with some new images and Michelle was available for the project. We were thrilled the results and couldn't wait to share some of our favorite photos with you! Michelle's work has been featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom, The Knot, Brides Washington DC, and Get Married, as well as on one of our favorite local wedding blogs, United with Love. She was also recently selected by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) as one of the top 10 up and coming studios in the U.S!

Her fresh, modern, and vibrant photos speak for themselves, and on top of that, she is one of the most humble and laid-back people we've met.

Thank you, Michelle!

Be sure to check out our Invitation Gallery for more fresh air and a dose of design inspiration.

Georgetown

Georgetown

Vail

Vail

Leesburg

Leesburg

Round Rock

Round Rock

Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan

Massawippi

Massawippi

Real Wedding: Meredith + Jake

Today we're back with the second part of our post on Meredith and Jake's wedding, and while we were excited to reveal the design for their invitations in our first post, we're even more excited to share these stunning images of the day as captured by the talented Danielle Cover Photography! This also marks the debut of our new Real Weddings gallery, where we will be bringing you creative details from real LilyPad weddings to help inspire and delight. Meredith and Jake wanted their wedding to feel like a winter wonderland, so we created an intricate and lacy pattern of snowflakes in all different shades of icy blue that we carried throughout their custom invitations, table signs, place cards, and programs. They met at their church and share a strong religious faith, so rather than using conventional table numbers, they decided to seat their guests at tables named after the various virtues and qualities that they hope to carry into their marriage.

We were so inspired by the Meredith and Jake's love story, and by our first (but not last) experience with Wish Upon A Wedding! For more images from their big day and a list of the people who made it happen, please visit their wedding gallery. Happy married life, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson, and we wish Jake a safe deployment and a speedy return!

Meredith + Jake

Meredith + Jake

RoundRock

RoundRock

Meredith + Jake

Meredith + Jake

RoundRock

RoundRock

Meredith + Jake

Meredith + Jake

RoundRock

RoundRock